Bringing order to neutral atom arrays

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Science  25 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6315, pp. 972-973
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj2145

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In quantum science, the control of individual particles that was once unimaginable is now routine and expanding rapidly to a variety of platforms harnessing atoms, photons, solid-state circuits, molecules, and more. Yet, implementation on a large scale that retains individual particle control remains a frontier challenge. Large-scale quantum control is predicted to have revolutionary consequences for studying synthetic quantum matter and for information processing that harnesses quantum mechanics—that is, quantum computing. On pages 1021 and 1024 of this issue, Barredo et al. (1) and Endres et al. (2) report on an experimental approach in which controlling the spatial distribution of neutral atoms is taken to a new scale.